Here’s what gardeners can do in face of storms

<p>An uprooted tree caused severe damage to a Garden City, N.Y., home during Tropical Storm Isaias in August 2020.</p>

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An uprooted tree caused severe damage to a Garden City, N.Y., home during Tropical Storm Isaias in August 2020.

As we celebrate blooming roses, ripening tomatoes and the pollinator frenzy in our backyards, we gardeners also should be aware of the downsides of summer: thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an “above-normal 2022 Atlantic hurricane season,” and even as tornado season winds down, some threat remains year-round in parts of the country.

So what’s a gardener to do? After ensuring that people, homes and other structures are safe, our thoughts naturally turn to our beds and borders. We’ve poured our blood, sweat, tears and money into them, so protecting our investment — and the joy it brings — matters.